“It takes responsibility and dedication for students to serve in the group. At the same time, it is no small task to keep 350 students engaged and performing at a high standard, ”said Melissa Jezior, the host of culture[ED] and CEO of Eagle Hill Consulting. “Dave is an example of how culture and expectations are set at the top. In empowering student leaders, Dave’s Marching Virginians has always been proven to deliver creative and energetic performances. Dave is also an example of how to lead with empathy and heart during a tragedy, ”said Jezior.
Unlike many other academic institutions, the Marching Virginians are volunteers, serving without scholarships. The group rehearses 90 minutes a day to prepare a different show for each home game, as well as pre-season practice. The Marching Virginians cover more than 65,000 miles, or three times around the world, in all seasons.
“People matter the most,” McKee says. “With any group, leaders have to show that everyone is important, that everyone is valued. It’s about trusting and treating people with dignity and respect.” He also says that building strong relationships with the entire team is critical to success. “There are companies that go the other way, with leaders so busy they forget the people below them.”
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culture[ED] features conversations with today’s world’s top culture makers from a variety of industries and backgrounds to unveil the visible and less visible forces that make up this often overlooked superpower of an organization.
The first season provided insight into how business leaders apply the cultural and mindset practices implemented by top athletes and coaches, and included interviews with the two-time Olympic gold medalist and the champion of the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Abby wambach, in the same way Victoria blake, Anson Dorrance, Lindsay henson and Cathy reese. The second season focused on the challenges facing the restaurant industry, particularly during COVID-19, and included interviews with Virginie ali, founder of the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl and award-winning chefs Amy brandwein and Kelly fields, Charlie foster and Rebecca Roseau. The third season focuses on the arts industry, with the first episode featuring an award-winning producer, screenwriter and director Hugh schulze.
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